A fantasy novel by one of the most popular (if Not the MOST popular author – I think he has the broadest appeal). I’d had such good luck with David Baldacci, and Nora Roberts. Well this time I struck out. There was way more freaking out than was necessary and also too much immediate foreshadowing “my next decision was stupid, and unfortunately, so was my next”. I would think someone like Patterson would be good at straight out telling a story, without so much dancing around with the thoughts of the main characters. Basically two teens wake up in the middle of the night and are taken to jail, after a new order has been elected into office. Oh, yeah, and they both apparently have major powers, which their parents explained to them, except they weren’t listening.
This is a sweet get-yourself-in-the-mood-for-Christmas for Catlovers. There is both humor here as well as stories traditional Christmas tales told from Cat standpoint. The humor was gentle and clever, Not the loud guffaw and bust your gut type. I was impressed at how continually Samek was able to riff on the cat humor, finding all sorts
of puns and ways to have fun. This book includes feline versions of Christmas Carols, treats and goodies for cats, the poem The Night Before Christmas, as well as Dicken’s A Christmas Carol for cats (eg Bob Scratchit). Some of the ideas really did seem plausible.
Recommended by one of our regular teen readers years ago, I now have the opportunity to read this series. The Capture starts with the protagonist, newly-hatched owlet named, Soren, spending a few weeks in the nest, before his elder clutch-mate Klud, pushes him over the edge (reminiscent of E. E. Knights Dragon series). From there he gets captured by an evil group of owls, who snatch baby owls, and imprisoned at the St. Aegolius Academy for Orphaned Owls. Here Soren meets Gylfie a tiny elf owl, and the two attempt to withstand the brainwashing the academy imposes.
This delightful book features collected correspondence between pairs of cats. Some of these cats are falling in love, some are having spats, some are desperately searching for their loved ones, atypical relationships – a wide variety of relationships are featured. Some were sweet, some were funny. Another treat by Leigh Rutledge.
In this prequel to the Sabriel series, protagonist Clariel, is forced to move to the city of Belisaire with her parents. Her mother is moving to the capital, because it provides better opportunities for her work as a goldsmith. Clariel hates being cooped up in the city – and is desperate to escape. She is subjected to having to act properly, and decide whether or not to step into the political machinations. There is a very funny scene at her first class at the academy – the subject “drinking tea”, where all sorts of etiquette and protocols are to be observed, where the instructor struggles in vain to rein his 5 students in. Throughout the novel, Clariel struggles with doing the right thing versus escaping and gaining her own freedom. Returning readers will be delighted that Moggett the sarcastic cat-like creature has an extended role.
I love Sharon Creech’s work (Walk Two Moons is my fav). So when I saw she had a book about CATS, I had to read it. Apparently, this book is a sequel to Love that Dog. In this book, the protagonist Jack is still mourning the loss of his dog and Not ready for a new pet, and is still in Miss Stretchberry’s poetry class. Miss Stretchberry is a wonderful teacher, I really wish I’d had such a good literature teacher poetry or what-not or any sort. She makes the poetry come alive, even for me in this short book. I guess I will have to take an online class on poetry. She explains what makes the poetry work, and she is very encouraging of Jack. Eventually, when the black kitten disappears he realizes he does like the cat.
The Scarlet Pimpernel is the original Zorro, a foppish aristocrat, who in reality rescues French aristocrats from the guillotine and excesses of the French Revolution (seen here at its worst). After the excesses, the story moves into how the Scarlet Pimpernel has pulled of some quite daring rescues, tweaking the noses of the brutal French guards. Then it moves into the love story/romance between Marguarite and her husband. I dislike how far in debt, Margaurite is to her husband, and how high/large his forgiveness needs to be, to reconcile the couple. Then back to more adventure. Though really the quick thing to do, would be to incapacitate Chauvelin. It is an old book and the treatment of women shows the misogynistic flaws of the time. The “smartest” woman in Europe, remains clueless about her husband’s masquerades throughout (my husband noted this). Fun, but could use some updating.
So I was looking for a the animal’s point of view story preferably a cat story. What I found on our ebook listing was this dog story and Not from the dog’s point of view. It is a story about lives who deal with disability and how the dog helps the little boy. Owen the young boy was born with a rare genetic abnormality called Schwartz-Jampel Syndrome. This syndrome shortens and tightens all his muscles limiting his mobility in the extreme.
Haatchi the dog, had been tied to train tracks and run over, consequently missing his tail and one of his rear legs. Both need lots of special attention, physical therapy. Owen had been withdrawing into himself, as he noticed his difference from fellow kids. Haatchi brought him out of his shell, and allowed him to blossom. Haatchi won all sorts of awards it seemed almost improbably, but I guess, the grand prize has to go to someone.
Haatchi’s presence helped the fundraising effort for Owen’s new wheelchair. It ends with a short glossary of special words used by Owen with Haatchi.
I hadn’t read anything by popular author David Baldacci, so when I saw this book in my favorite genre I thought I’d give it a try. This strategy paid off when I discovered Nora Roberts’ fantasy trilogy Morrigan’s Cross. It is a very fast-paced read with a rather different world, some sort of apocalypse, I believe, with perhaps magic or maybe its technology. Things are Not as they seem, it took me awhile to figure out how this universe/world worked. The main character Vega Jane (an orphan of course) sees her coworker being chased by tracking hounds followed by the City Council members. Her friend is headed into the Quag – wherein there are only monsters and no sane member ventures into. Yet things are Not as they seem. Vega Jane’s transformation seemed a lot more believable than a number of heroes, I’m Not sure why. I cannot wait for the sequels!
There is a lot of moralizing. Moralizing of a sort that I agree with, we should Not abuse horses, nor other animals. And I think showing kindness to other humans is a standard by which we ought to judge others (if we are going to judge them at all). But I am surprised that this is a classic, it might as well have been titled, 50 ways Not to abuse horses. That said given the great positive influence this title has had on the treatment of horses and animals, I am glad of its impact. Plus the story had a happy ending.
A sweet tale told at the end of Mrs. Poole’s, the cat’s, life about growing up on a sailing ship, travels, shipwreck, but then most of the time is spent with Griffin, the son of the lighthouse keeper. Griffin is tender and different, just like his Uncle Daniel was. I’m guessing this to be a metaphor for being gay. Griffin’s mother loves her son, and through that love is able to reconcile herself with her brother who has also always been different. Charming, though Not as delightful as Rutledge’s Diary of a Cat. Next up Rutledge’s Cats Love Letters.
There is a reason we don’t carry this title…yep, its Not that good. Remind me to never read a book, just because the cover looks really good. They say you cannot judge a book by its cover, well, thats Not entirely true. If the cover features a knife dripping with blood, you know chances are good, that its just NOT a “cozy mystery”. But I digress.
Main character, Jimmy Zoole’s has had a wretched year: his best friend died, his acting career is dead, his apt has been burgled repeatedly, his promising manuscript for a novel gone with burglary #3, his girlfriend just broke up with him, and now his cat has died while at the vets. Its being capped off with burglary #4 on New Year’s Eve. Zoole catches the burglar in the act ties him to the kitchen counter, and vents by hitting the burglar. I thought it would be lots funnier. Yes I knew there’d be some black humor. But I thought the burglar turning around and helping Zoole after being hit repeatedly stretched credulity.
Sinner? well I usually think of someone much worse than Cole’s character. It seems something of a boast to label oneself as a sinner with his few “crimes”. I wish I found out more about Sam and Grace – I don’t really care that much for Cole and Isabel, they are Not as interesting as Sam and Grace, but perhaps their story has played out, maybe it really played out at the end of v1 of the Trilogy. Isabel became less and less likeable, really annoying as if parents getting a divorce entitles her to be bitchy and mean. And I guess Cole’s great self-doubts justify him falling in love with such a mean person. Much more romance, much less action. Trite. But if we categorize this as a romance, then it is a much better romance than the majority of romance type novels I’ve come in contact with.
An enjoyable book. Main character Miranda starts the story off, telling how her neighbor and best friend Sal, quit hanging out with her, after he got punched, as the two were walking home. A number of other 6th graders enter her life, as space is opened up. These include AnneMarie, whose best friend Julia “broke up” with her. Collin joking fellow who’d always been in the background, Marcus the kid who hit Sal, and even Julia, AnneMarie’s long-time best friend. It also describes Miranda’s relationship with her Mother (single mom) and Mom’s boyfriend Richard. The heart of the story is how Miranda navigates her friendships. There is also a time travel mystery, as she receives notes from a person who has already seen the future. The question is who is doing the time travelling. All the clue are laid out for you, but I didn’t think it was obvious. Minor quibble – I didn’t think the explanation for Sal’s jerky behavior really made sense. But overall enjoyable!
Another book by Leigh Rutledge. This one is a Dear Abby type series of letters that cats (& 1 dog), have written in to Dear Tabby. Tabby answers a range of questions from how to get your humans to change the stupid funny name they’ve given the cat, to love of birds. Rutledge, seems familiar with the types of letters that might get written in to an editor, including portraying diverse reactions to a given topic. Dear Tabby is above all funny, with sharp sarcasm ending most replies. Now on to find more cat titles by Rutledge.
This was a delightful, enjoyable read. It is the tale of an old jinni, released from his flask after 1000’s of years imprisonment. He is released by a tinsmith in New York at the turn of the century in New York. At the same time, a golem created to be the wife of a ship passenger who dies en route to New York, struggles to pass as human in New York in a nearby neighborhood. I really enjoyed this tale of historical fiction with a touch of magic. You get a lot of backstory on several of the characters. I heartily recommend this title.
This is the story of Alma Whiteacre a scientist of moss and evolution. It starts with her father’s life, an unscrupulous lad, who starts prospering by stealing botanicals. His life is interesting, though he is not a likeable character. The next 3 segments of the book cover Alma’s life, a very intellectual but very lonely life. Her mother and secondary mother figure, are all about being tough, and stoic. Her father is pretty self-centered, and behaves however he pleases. An interesting, if uneven read.
I read about this bestselling title in the book Globish He is the biggest selling English language author in India. In 2010 Time Magazine listed him as one of the 100 most influential people of the world (along with Barack Obama and Steve Forbes). I’d never heard of him before. the story takes place over the span of about 8 hours, examining the lives of 6 call center employees, most of whom are adults. It was an ok book. Not bad, but Not something I’d recommend.